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Should juries be abolished in Australia?

By K13 . Created on 06 Sep, 2019
Considering that people make up their minds about an issue before they have all of the facts, this makes them dangerous to sit on a jury.
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Naomi said 4 days ago
It's not the juries that are the problem - it's the judges who hand out bonds and warnings for repeat offenders and grant bail to everyone.
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braunhi said 4 days ago
Naomi thanks for your message. I agree with the sentencing part of what you say. Having never been on a jury I do not know how much is influenced by social media. Take care and enjoy your weekend. B.
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gkenah said 6 days ago
The premiss of a jury is flawed. A jury trial is not about right and wrong. it's not about facts, it's about a story. Who can tell a story that creates FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and doubt). If in doubt - not guilty! MAJOR FLAW.

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braunhi said 6 days ago
Thanks g and very well said. I do agree. However I also feel the justice system needs a complete overall. This goes with sentencing and mere slap on the wrist convictions. It really needs a Royal Commission. Take care and enjoy your day. B.
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Mrs said 7 days ago
I have served on juries a number of times over the years. As others have said, you are given as much information as possible before being asked to make a decission. While a small number will make judgements before all the facts are revealed, and a small number will not make a decission. The 12 will come up with a majority decission based on the information supplied. And what other system is there that is less corupt...
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braunhi said a week ago
No we should not do away with the jury system. I was looking at Katherine's response and as I have never been on one agree that it should obviously be more selected. I do not trust the Judges to make the right call as they do not now make it.
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Mary said a week ago
Never as I don't trust most Judges
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Steven said a week ago
Can't trust a magistrate to get it right
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Linda said a week ago
No, juries get all the facts and then they discuss it and then decide.
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Marilyn said a week ago
I also have been on jury duty and you do get good instruction on the technicalities you need to consider. None of the juries I served on had people decide before we finished hearing the case. It is a tough thing to do but worthwhile to serve in this way.